Professor, Univ of Oxford

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Academy of Management Annals, Associate Editor 

Strategic Organization, 
Co-Editor [2012-2016]

Academy of Management Review, Editorial Board 

Academy of Management Perspectives, E
ditorial Board [2016-present]

Journal of Management, 
 Editorial Board 


born and raised in Helsinki, Finland

prior to academia I worked in venture capital in Munich, Germany and Amman, Jordan

prior to Oxford, I was on the faculty at the Marriott School, BYU and Goizueta Business School, Emory University

four daughters, our oldest daughter (Mia) is in her third year at BYU studying psychology 

I've held various service roles at Oxford, including Academic Area Head. Currently I am Academic Director of the Oxford Diploma in Strategy & Innovation

2013-2017 OXFORD TALKS

  Howard Aldrich, UNC  
  Lawrence Freedman, KCL
  Brian Uzzi, Northwestern
  Paul Adler, USC
  Julian Birkinshaw, LBS
  Brian Silverman, Toronto
  Matt Kraatz, U of Illinois
  Dan Raff, Wharton
  Willie Ocasio, Northwestern
  Vibha Gaba, INSEAD
  Todd Zenger, U of Utah
  Michael Cusumano, MIT
  Robert Burgelman, Stanford
  Mauro Guillen, Wharton
  Jeff Reuer, U of Colorado
  Gary Dushnitsky, LBS
  Bill Starbuck, Oregon
  Ezra Zuckerman, MIT
  Diane Burton, Cornell
  Russ Coff, U of Wisconsin
  Kim Elsbach, UC Davis
  Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Oregon
  Mark de Rond, Cambridge
  Royston Greenwood, U of Alberta
  Nicolai Foss, CBS
  David Seidl, U of Zurich
  Erkko Autio, Imperial College
  Gianpiero Petriglieri, INSEAD
  Matthew Bothner, ESMT
  Felipe Csaszar, U of Michigan

  Andrea Prencipe, LUISS

  Arne Kalleberg, UNC 


Felin, T., Kauffman, S., Mastrogiorgio, A. & Mastrogiorgio, M. (2016). Factor markets, actors and affordances. Industrial & Corporate Change. [html]

Felin, T. & Zenger, T (2016). 
Strategy, problems and a theory for the firm. Organization Science.

Felin, T., Koenderink, J., & Krueger, J. (2016). Rationality, perception, and the all-seeing eye. Psych Bulletin & Review. [html] [pdf]

Stirling, W. & Felin, T. (2016). Satisficing, preferences and social interaction: A new perspective. 
Theory & Decision. [html]

Felin, T. & Powell, T. (2016). 
Designing organizations for 
dynamic capabilities. California Management Review. [html]

Devins, C., Koppl, R., Kauffman, S. & Felin, T. (2016). Still against design: A response to Steven Calabresi, Sanford Levinson and Vernon Smith. Arizona State Law Journal. [pdf]

Felin, T. (2016). When strategy walks out the door. MIT Sloan Management Review.

Felin, T., Foss, N. & Ployhart, R. (2015). Microfoundations movement in strategy and organization theory. Academy of Management Annals.

Koppl, R., Kauffman, S., Felin, T. & Longo, G. (2015a). Economics for a creative world. Journal of Institutional Economics.

This paper received the 2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize [html]

Devins, C., Koppl, R., Kauffman, S. & Felin, T. (2015). Against design. 
Arizona State Law Journal[html]

responses to this piece by Steven Calabresi [pdf],
Sanford Levinson [pdf], and Vernon Smith [pdf

Felin, T., Kauffman, S., Koppl, R. & Longo, G. (2014). Economic opportunity and evolution: Beyond landscapes and bounded rationality. Strategic 
Entrepreneurship Journal. [html

Mark Buchanan discusses this paper in Nature Physicssee here

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2014). Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice. Research 
Policy. [open access] [pdf]

Barney, J. & Felin, T. (2013). What are microfoundations? Academy of Management Perspectives. [pdf] [scribd]

Argyres, N., Felin, T., Foss, N. & Zenger, T. (2012). Organizational economics of capability and heterogeneity. Organization Science. [html] [scribd]

Felin, T. (2012). Cosmologies of capability, markets and wisdom of crowds. Managerial & Decision Economics. [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N. (2012). The (proper) microfoundations of routines and capabilities: a response to Winter, Pentland, Hodgson and Knudsen. 
Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf]

Stirling, W., Giraud-Carrier, C. & Felin, T. (2012). A framework for the design and synthesis of coordinated social systems. Social Informatics.

Zenger, T., Felin, T. & Bigelow, L. (2011). 
Theories of the firm-market boundary. Academy of Management Annals. [html] [pdf]

King, B., Felin, T. & Whetten, D (2010). Finding the organization
 in organization theory: a meta-theory of the organization as social actor. Organization Science. [pdf] [html

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009). Performativity of theory, arbitrary conventions, and possible worlds: a reality check. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2009). Entrepreneurs as theorists: on the origins of collective beliefs and novel strategies. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. [pdf] [html

Felin, T., Zenger, T. & Tomsik, J. (2009). The knowledge economy: emerging organizational forms, missing microfoundations and key considerations for managing human capital. Human Resource Management.

Felin, T. & Hesterly, W.S. (2007). The knowledge-based view, nested heterogeneity, and new value creation: philosophical considerations on the locus of knowledge. Academy of Management Review. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2006). Individuals and organizations: thoughts on a microfoundations project for strategic management and organizational analysis. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2005). Strategic organization: a field in search of micro-foundations. Strategic Organization. [pdf]


forthcoming 2017 special issue: "organizing crowds and innovation" - co-edited with Karim Lakhani and Michael Tushman [html]

issue includes essays by Yochai Benkler, Woody Powell and Todd Zenger

Sept 19, 2015: 90 mile Oxford to Cambridge bike ride, British Heart Foundation [donate here]


come join our DPhil (PhD) program here in Oxford next year [pdf brochure]


Felin, T. (2015). A forum on minds and institutions. Journal of Institutional Economics. [html] 

Intro to forum with papers by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie and Giovanni Dosi & Luigi Marengo

Felin, T. (2015). Valve Corporation: Strategy tipping points and thresholds. Journal of Organization Design. [html]  

Commentary on article by Phanish Puranam and Dorthe Håkonsson.[html]

Koppl, R., Kauffman, S., Felin, T. & Longo, G. (2015b). Economics for a creative world: A response to comments. Journal of Institutional Economics.

Stirling, W. & Felin, T. (2013). Game theory, conditional preferences and social influence. PLoS ONE. [html]


Felin, T. & Knudsen, T. (2012). A theory of nascent entrepreneurship and organization. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html

Felin, T., Foss, N., Heimeriks, K. & Madsen, T. (2012). Microfoundations of routines and capabilities: individuals, processes and structures. Journal of Management Studies.

Felin, T. & Foss, N. (2011).  The endogenous origins of experience, routines and organizational capabilities: the poverty of stimulus.  Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2011). Information aggregation, matching, and radical market-hierarchy hybrids. Strategic Organization.
[pdf] [html]

Abell, P., Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2010). Causal and constitutive relations and the squaring of coleman's diagram: reply to Vromen. Erkenntnis. [html] [pdf]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009). 
Social reality, the boundaries of self-fulfilling prophecy, and economics. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

Response by Ferraro, Pfeffer & Sutton. How and why theories matter: a comment on Felin and Foss [see here]; editor introduction [see here]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009). Organizational routines and capabilities: Historical drift and a course-correction toward microfoundations. Scandinavian Journal of Management. [html]

King, B., Felin, T. & Whetten, D. (2009). Comparative organizational analysis. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. [pdf]

Review of volume by Peter Foreman in Administrative Science Quarterly (2010)

Felin, T. & Spender, J.C. (2009). An exchange of ideas about knowledge governance: seeking first principles and microfoundations. In Knowledge Governance, edited by Foss et al. Oxford University Press.

Whetten, D., Felin, T. & King, B (2009). Theory-borrowing in organizational studies. Journal of Management. [pdf] [scribd]

Abell, P., Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2008). Building microfoundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html]